UK knew US airline suspect had extremist ties

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LONDON (AP) - A senior British official says British intelligence knew the Nigerian man suspected of trying to bomb an
airliner had ties to U.K. extremists, but he wasn't considered enough of a risk to alert American authorities.

The official tells The Associated Press that Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab was known to be "reaching out to radical extremists" about a year after he arrived in London to study. But there were no signs that he wanted to target the United States or was considering turning
toward violence.

The senior government official spoke on condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of his work.

The 23-year-old is accused of sneaking explosive materials aboard a Northwest Airlines flight from Amsterdam to Detroit on
Christmas Day and attempting to set them off.

A U.S. intelligence official says American officials are looking into what knowledge allies may have had about the Nigerian, who is
believed to have received terror training in Yemen.
 

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